After a year off because of COVID-19, the Greenback Heritage Museum is resuming the annual quilt show.
From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at the museum, 6725 Morganton Road, Greenback, visitors will be able to see the building’s interior canvassed with several quilts of varying sizes and types.
Admission is free, but museum board member Cindy Benefield said those attending can put money in a piggy bank to vote for their favorite quilts. Money raised will go toward the Hardware Building Restoration Project, which is an expansion of the Greenback museum into the adjoining building.
“We get a lot from Blount County, even Knoxville,” Linda Berry, museum board president, said. “We have old ones, new ones, like there’s some made this year or 2020. They are everything from hand-pieced to hand-quilted to machine-pieced, machine-quilted.”
“We’ve had everything from crazy quilts with satin and velvet and all kinds of stitches on it,” Benefield added. “Some of them are machine-quilted with fancy patterns with people’s names on them. Some are T-shirt quilts that commemorate somebody’s concerts they’ve attended or all about their school or that kind of business. A lot of them are vintage though, things that grandmothers or great-grandmothers have done and passed on. It’s kind of nice to see the wide variety, and there are still a number of people in the community that keep the old art alive by producing new things and they can do it so much more quickly now with the long-arm sewing machines.”
A final amount of quilts collected for the show could not be determined by News-Herald presstime. In 2019, there were 75 quilts on display. Some people bring quilts on the day of the show.
Visitors can also pay $5 to participate in a quilt raffle for four different quilts. Quilts raffled include first prize, a vintage hand-stitched quilt, “Grandmother’s Engagement Ring with Liberty Fans,” from Benefield; second prize, “Aunt Eliza’s Star,” from Terri Ayers of Mountain Creek Quilt Shop; third prize, “Wildlife Wall Hanging,” from Donna Couture; and fourth prize, “Yellow Brick Road,” from Barbara Davis.
A drawing takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday.
“We’ve just been very fortunate to have four very beautiful pieces donated so that we can raise money for the museum expansion and restoration next door,” Benefield said.
Sewing accessories and estate jewelry will be available for sale outside the museum. Funds raised will also go toward expansion.
“The jewelry, it’s vintage, and my mother, Betty Carroll, she helped start the museum and she passed away and she had lots of jewelry,” Berry said. “... My sister and I, Pat, decided that we would do the dates of the quilt show that we would sell mother’s jewelry and all the money, the proceeds would go to the Betty Carroll Memorial Fund for the building where the museum’s supposed to go.”
For more information, call 865-724-5313.
“Of course, we always have our donation box by the door, but most people just come in and enjoy looking at the quilts,” Benefield said. “It’s not a huge fundraiser for us, but this year because of the jewelry sale, because of donated sale, because of the quilt raffle, we stand to make more money than ever.”